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LYNDSEY GILLIS

Lyndsey Gillis is the varsity head coach and program director of the Mercer Island Girls’ Lacrosse program. Since her inaugural year with Mercer Island in 2017, she has led the Islanders to two state championships and was the 2017 WSLA Coach of the year. Lyndsey also coaches the elementary school program on Mercer Island where her eldest of three is a happy participant. She currently serves as an executive member to the WSLA board in her commitment to help grow the sport in the PNW. Over the past twelve years, Lyndsey has been passionate about supporting and aiding players in their pursuit of collegiate level lacrosse. She has successfully helped many student-athletes find homes at NCAA DI-III programs. 

Prior to taking the position on Mercer Island, Lyndsey directed the Seattle Starz girls’ program in addition to teaching and coaching at Seattle Preparatory school for six years. She also spent two seasons at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT as a teaching fellow where she coached varsity volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 2012 and her BS from Bowdoin College in 2008 where she was a dual sport athlete.  

NCAA
Bowdoin College, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2004-2008
Academic All-American 
Captain, 2008
3x NCAA tournament team 

Coaching 
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, Program Director and Varsity Head Coach, 2017-Present
Four-time Team Washington U19 and U15, Head Coach, 2014, 2019, 2022 
Seattle Starz, Program Director; Head Coach; HS Recruiting Advisor, 2012-2019
National Adrenaline All-American, Team 'North' Head Coach, 2018 
Under Armour West, Regional Coach, 2016
Seattle Preparatory School, Program Head, 2012-2016
Greenwich Academy, Varsity II Coach, 2008-2010

CAROLINE GALLUP

Caroline has been a youth and high school girls' lacrosse coach in Washington since 2007. She grew up on Mercer Island and comes from a family of lacrosse coaches who are wholeheartedly determined on growing the game. Caroline experienced a career ending injury her senior year of high school which led her to discover her love for coaching. Over the past fifteen years, she has been passionate about creating a profoundly positive environment, focused on teamwork and dedicated to skill development. Caroline earned her BA from Seattle University in 2012, and completed her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Washington in 2019, both in support of her lifelong drive to help others grow. Currently, Caroline is a Systems Engineer in education for Apple. 

High School
Mercer Island High School
4 yearvarsity starter 2004-2008
3x All-Conference 2004-2007
MVP 2007
Captain 2008
Puget Sound Select 2006-2008

Coaching
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2007-Present
-10U, 14U, Mercer Island High School
-Advanced and Development Camps
Vand’al Lacrosse 2022


DANIELLE MORGAN

Morgan is a Washington native, and a 2017 graduate of Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She was on the inaugural Mukilteo Lacrosse Club HS Girls team, and during her time in college, Danielle was on the inaugural AU Women’s Lacrosse team as a four-year starter, and captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. The summer after her Junior year she played on the USA Athletes International Lacrosse team in the 2015 “Down Under Lacrosse Tournament” in Melbourne, Australia. She also made MWLC 1st Team All Conference for Defense and Midfield two years in a row. After receiving her B.A in Secondary Education and English, Danielle was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach for Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. Now she coaches on Mercer Island where she is the JV Head Coach, a youth coach, and teacher at the middle school and high school. 

NCAA

Aurora University, DIII Lacrosse, 2013-2017
-Captain 2014-2016
-MWLC All Conference 1st Team Defense 2015
-1st Team Midfield 2016

USA Athletes International 2015
-Down Under Lacrosse Tournament

Coaching

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2018-Present
-HS and Youth, Head coach
Seattle Starz, 2018-2022
-Program Director and Head Coach
ADVNC NDP, 2022
-2025 Head Coach
Lacrosse Northwest, 2017-2018
-Girls Assistant Program Director and head coach
Pacific University, 2017-2018
-Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Aurora Women’s Lacrosse, 2016-2017
-Student Assistant Coach/Manager 2016- 2017
Illinois Girls Lacrosse Club
-Head Lacrosse Coach


ANABEL OHSMAN

Anabel Ohsman grew up in the Seattle area playing lacrosse for Snolax Girls Lacrosse from third grade through high school. She went on to play NCAA DIII lacrosse at Willamette University where she was a part of the 2019 inaugural team and was named team captain for the 2020 and 2021 season. Since graduating, Anabel began coaching for Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse at the 14U level.

NCAA

Willamette University, NCAA DIII Lacrosse, 2018-2021
Second team All-Conference 2019, 2021
Captain, 2020-2021

Coaching

Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse, 2022
-14U Assistant Coach
Vand’al Lacrosse Club, 2022
-12U Coach
Snolax Girls Lacrosse, 2017
-8U Coach


SAFFRON SNETHEN

Saffron is a PNW native and started playing lacrosse in 6th grade as part of the first youth lacrosse program on Mercer Island. As varsity lacrosse captain, she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2013. She continued her lacrosse career and attended the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. As a third year program, Mount Olive made their way to the Top 10 of Division II and won its first Conference Carolinas Championship her sophomore year. Saffron graduated from Mount Olive in 2017. She is now back coaching on Mercer Island where she assists the varsity program in offensive coordinating and goalie coaching. Her efforts have helped lead the Islanders to two state championships since 2019.

NCAA

University of Mount Olive
-2x Second Team All Conference in 2016 & 2017
-Conference Carolinas Championship in 2015

Coaching

Assistant Coach, MIHS, 2019-present
Mercer Island Summer Camps 2010-2016
Mercer Island Girls Lacrosse
-1st/2nd grade & 5th/6th grade in 2012 & 2013
-3rd/4th & 7th grade in 2018


  

BRITTNEY STARKS

Britt Starks grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO and picked up lacrosse on a whim in 9th grade. After quickly falling in love with the sport, she played for the varsity program for all four years of high school. In 2020, Starks graduated from Cornell College with a B.S. in secondary education and sociology. She was a dual-sport athlete competing for the Rams in volleyball and lacrosse from 2016-2020. As a teacher and coach, her philosophy focuses on athlete personal and team growth, both on and off the field. 

NCAA
Cornell College
MWLC Conference All-Academic Team 2017-2020
MWLC All-Sportsmanship Team 2017-2018
Captain 2020
Program Season Assist Record 2018

Coaching
Mercer Island Youth Program 2020-Present
Seattle Starz Youth Program 2021-2022
Mercer Island High School JV Volleyball 2020-Present



Contact

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P.O. Box 1242 
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

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